Questioner (Q): It's said here that all attributes, like misery, happiness, good name, and even ill-fame, arise from the Lord. What then is the role of free will for a human being when everything is arising from the Lord himself?
Also, why are certain qualities stated to be virtuous or vicious?
Acharya Prashant (AP): All these things that are said here are not with respect to the Lord, sir. They are with respect to you.
Intellect—does the Lord carry intellect? The Lord is absolute Brahma. The Lord is the Truth itself. Does the Truth carry intellect, operate via intellect? No. Intellect is yours.
Knowledge—is the Truth full of knowledge?
Non-delusion—is the Truth ever deluded, that non-delusion would be a relevant word?
Forbearance—is the Truth ever in illusion or is the Truth ever reactive? When the Truth has infinite patience, why would the Truth deal with a word like ‘forbearance’?
Restraint of the external senses—is the Truth sensual?
Calmness of heart—is that Truth ever agitated?
Happiness—is the Truth dualistic, living in happiness and sadness?
So, you see, all these words, they pertain to you, right? What is being said here is that you and all your experiences are ultimately in some way related to the Truth. What that way is, we will understand.